Pepper exports zoom 79% in four months
Cambodia exported 3,834 tonnes of pepper in the January-April period of this year, an increase of 79.3% compared to the same period in 2021, according to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.
Vietnam is the biggest market for Cambodia’s pepper with exports of 3,540 tonnes, read the report, citing that other major markets for the country are Germany, Malaysia, Belgium, France, the Czech Republic, Japan, Canada, US, UK, Sweden, Kazakhstan and Australia.
Though the exports showed impressive growth, the price on average dropped.
Mak Ny, president of the Cambodia Pepper and Spice Federation, said yesterday that the increase in pepper exports was du
The president applauded the increase in the volume of exports, although the general price had dropped from about 16 million riels (approximately $4,000) per tonne to 13 million riels per tonne.
The association and relevant ministries have been diversifying the market to increase the volume of Cambodian pepper exports, especially to help stabilise pepper prices, he said.
“The Cambodian Pepper and
Spices Federation has worked hard to diversify markets.
“Rather than relying on the Vietnamese market, we try to ship Cambodian pepper to many other parts of the world,” Ny said.
“Hopefully in the near future we will have foreign buyers or foreign investors buying Cambodian pepper directly, rather than buying it from Vietnam,” he said.
Cambodia also exports Kampot pepper, which is the geographical indication of production, listed in the European Union.
According to the president of the Kampot Pepper Association, Nguon Lay, the Kampot pepper has been shipped abroad under the partnered exporting firms.
The association has exported nearly 20% of the total annual export at an average of 100 tonnes.
Ny encouraged farmers to strengthen farming to produce quality pepper for exports.
e to the improved transportation after the country reopened and some measures on Covid-19 were relaxed and removed.
Source from: Chea Vanyuth (May 27, 2022). Pepper exports zoom 79% in four months. Khmer Times. https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501083162/pepper-exports-zoom-79-in-four-months/